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and mitt romney in boston. former congressman discussed close house and senate races. tom davis and martin frost talk to an audience at this event hosted by the bipartisan policy center for an hour and 20 minutes. >> good morning. and the senior fellow here at the bipartisan policy center. likeaction de all of us who are former members think back nostalgically and how we relate to these things personally. i know tom and martin have great stories to tell and we're fortunate to have too great effective, insightful, and intelligent former members and we will moderate the elections. it went to make a couple of comments. we were on a panel for foreign diplomats. most of the campaign discussion was about obama and romney. someone asked me if there was no discussion of the congressional races. as a matter in america who is elected to congress, it really hit me. i think the answer is yes. as a former nine-term house member i was troubled by the question. i could understand it because most of the discussion concerns they presidential race. i am convinced that the founding fathers were making a clea
the state department sent t.j. where we had the privilege of having events at boston university, emer son college, and we threw a fine lunchon where he wowed our crowd. and m.i.t. which he was not responsible for that part of his itinerary. over the weekend i'm driving in new england and listening to n.p.r., state department spokesman t.j. crowley has just resigned. on monday morning i had so many calls and e-mails, what did i miss by not going to that lunch? he is a man of great candor and principle. he got in trouble for saying something about the treatment of private bradmauning, the wikileaks thing, and i owe you all a great thanks for being here today. f. >> thank you. [applause] >> i resigned two hours after the tour. i don't want you to take that personally. so we are coming up on the two-year anniversary of this thing called the arab spring or the asia wakening, or the arab uprising. so from almost two years when a fruit vendor in tunisia lit himself on fire and has literally changed the region. what is this about and what has happened? >> so our comments today are going to be a
- choice governor of massachusetts and since then, he has made more you turns at a boston cabdriver. i think when you look at the results of this election and i think you can draw a direct connection between the policies president obama has let on and the voting support he got, if in the face of this, republicans decide what they need to do is go back and do it even more conservative again, far be it for me to persuade them otherwise. we have another election in four years. i could live with it but it would not be wise. >> on the religion question, i agree but if you look at the polling of people who said it would be less likely to vote for a candidate because they were more men, a majority of those people thought barack obama is a muslim born in kenya. it's just a demographic. it wasn't there to make it 8-. it is true democrats did not make it an issue and that the good thing. >> some of the positions romney took during the primaries really hurt him, particularly in regard to immigration reform. newt gingrich said mitt romney was the most conservative of the issue. in a country where
on the appeals court in boston. he is from portland and have been backed by both republican senators. he was part of what they call -- sermons -- thurmond rule. >> thurmond leahy rule. >> and biscayne, from maine -- king, claiming the party alignment is up for grabs. his initial request is he would align with whatever party agreed to push for essentially doing away with the current filibuster rules. harry reid made clear he is not willing to go that far. i know still think angus king will align with a democrat. he endorsed obama. >> and he said yesterday he had conversations with him in the past 24 hours. >> and a phone call with bob corker. the point being that this is the kind of thing that i think a lot of freshmen -- king most vocal among them, they will come to the senate and say let us not spend our first months of this silliness of gratuitous filibuster and blocking a holding everything. let's clear out the underbrush. like you are speaking about, who none of us ever heard of. these are assistant secretary is -- assistant secretaries that one or two senators even carry about. then i think
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